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Studies in the Book of Job

Studies in the Book of Job

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
A BIBLICAL DRAMA ILLUMINATING THE
PROBLEM OF THE ACES


BY REV. FRANCIS N. PELOUBET, D.D.
A BIBLICAL DRAMA ILLUMINATING THE
PROBLEM OF THE ACES


BY REV. FRANCIS N. PELOUBET, D.D.

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Studies in the Book of Job
A BIBLICAL DRAMA ILLUMIATIG THEPROBLEM OF THE ACESFOR ADVACED CLASSES I THE SUDAY SCHOOL, FOR BIBLICALLITERATURE COURSES I HIGH SCHOOLS AD COLLEGES,FOR EVEIG SERVICES, AD FOR IDIVIDUAL USEBY REV. FRACIS . PELOUBET, D.D.Author of "Select otes on the International Lessons,""The Teacher's Commentary on Acts," etc.ew York CHARLES SCRIBER'S SOS1906U8RARY of COGRESSTwo Cooles ReceivedSEP 1 1906Copyright, 1906, byCHARLES SCRIBER'S SOSThis is the cry-That echoes through the wilderness of earth,Through song and sorrow, day of death and birth• Why ? '
 
It is the highWail of the child with all his life to face,Man's last dumb question as he reaches space:'Why?'"PREFACEThe lessons in this book and the method of presenting the subject havegrown out of actual experience. It has been tested in the class room and foundto create a deep interest, to meet the needs of many souls, and to give a newvision of its beauty and power.I am led the more earnestly to commend the study of the Book of Job, be-cause its subject has to do with all classes and conditions of men, and becauseof my own experience in connection with it. I had, of course, read it manytimes, but during my earlier ministry I sympathized with Macaulay's words con-cerning Milton's " Paradise Lost " as applying equally to the Book of Job, thatit was "the most admired and least read of all poems," and I did not under-stand how such men as Tennyson and Daniel Webster could regard it as "thegreatest poem in all literature."But a combination of circumstances led to a study of the book which openedmy eyes to its wonderful poetic structure, its dramatic situations, its burstsof eloquence, its literary gems, its spiritual insight, its use of every knownpoetic form."Then felt I like some watcher of the skyWhen a new planet swims into his ken."So that it is easy to accept Carlyle's dictum, in his "Hero as Prophet," thatthe Book of Job is "one of the grandest things ever written with pen. . . .There is nothing written, I think, in the Bible or out of it, of equal literarymerit." Professor Moulton, in his introduction to Job in his " Modern Reader'sBible" expresses this opinion: "If a jury of persons well instructed in litera-ture were impanelled to pronounce upon the question, 'What is the greatestpoem in the world's great literatures,' while on such a question unanimitywould be impossible, yet I believe a large majority would give their verdict infavor of . . . the Book of Job." Froude looks forward to the day "when, per-haps, the Book of Job will be seen towering up alone far ab<pve all the poetryof the world."The criticai questions concerning the book — its age, date, author or authors,
 
method of composition or growth, later additions versus unity, place in thereligious history of Israel — have not been neglected. Abundant referenceshave been given where these discussions may be found by all who wish to makea thorough study of them. But the main emphasis has been placed on the book viii PREFACEas it is now, on the inspiring, invigorating, transforming, comforting teachingsfound therein. It is not the history of the violin we here want, but the music.The aim is to enable the members of an ordinary class to receive the fullimpression the Book of Job was written to produce:To awaken fresh interest in the book itself.To open doors to its greatness and glory as literature.To open windows to its blessed and comforting truths.To bring its consolations to the perplexed and suffering.To apply its character-forming elements and power.COTETSEACH OF THE GREAT DIVISIOS MAY BE USED FOR OE OR FOR SEVERAL LESSOS, ACCORDIG TO CIRCUMSTACES.PAGEITRODUCTIO xviiiThe Problem.Its Relation to Faith in God as Good.Its Relation to the Sufferings of Good Men.The Literary Form — a Poem.An Epic of the Inner Life.

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